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Sunday Services are Currently Online

10:30 AM
(Arizona Time)

Being a Universalist

Led By:
Katie Resendiz & Abi Harper
Worship Associate
Amy McKlindon
Early Universalists let god worry about the inherent worth and dignity of other folks. If we were to do that we would have to:
  1. believe in god and
  2. accept that we aren't the center of the universe

That sounds unnecessary and hard (in that order). So instead, service today will ask you to take the easy road.
Don't love everyone, don't do everything, and still avoid UU Hell!
Sunday’s Service via Zoom. 

Meeting ID: 939 9248 9556 | Password: CoffeeHour

Meeting ID: 954 5851 8843 | Password: KidsCoffee

You may use a computer, tablet, or smartphone. If you are asked to install the Zoom application, say yes. Feel free to share this link with friends and family!

If you have problems with Zoom, you may view the service live on YouTube. Or after the service, you can watch it any time.
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Programming October 18th - October 23th
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ALL Programming is in Arizona Time Zone
October 18th

Following Service
Meeting ID:
939 9248 9556
Password: CoffeeHour

Following Service
Meeting ID:
954 5851 8843
Password: KidsCoffee

Following Service
Meeting ID:
915 0535 2349
Password: YRUU
October 19th

8:30 am
Katie Resendiz
Meeting ID:
956 6366 2771
Password: 550602

5 pm
Ms. Katie
Meeting ID:
995 8557 1498
Passcode: 634365
October 20th

6:30 pm
Katie, Jezz & Chris
Meeting ID:
953 5370 8396
Password: 409806
October 21th
12:00 pm      
Rev. Christine Dance
Meeting ID:
910 6552 9716
Password: 372662

3:30 pm
Ms. Cherilyn
Meeting ID:
912 3942 4225
Password: 616801

7:00 pm
Benjie Messer
Meeting ID:
931 4339 4891 Password: 989100 
October 22th

11:00 am
Lynne Westmoreland
Meeting ID:
959 8987 7787
Password: 567193 

7:30 pm
Rev. Christine Dance
Meeting ID:
958 7198 3662
Password: 690450
October 23th
4:00 pm
K thrUU 5th Grade
Meeting ID:
964 8387 3328
Password: Desert

6:30 pm
Meeting ID:
945 5843 8805
Password: 818808

7:00 pm
Bonnie White
Meeting ID:
988 0334 9896
Password: Outdoor

7:00 pm
Katherine Kruse
Meeting ID:
950 7604 3992
Password: Sangha
October 24th

6:30 pm
Meeting ID:
941 4672 1797
Password: UUCPGames
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OR don’t want to be on video, you can simply call in to
346-248-7799 and enter the Meeting ID number.
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  • October 7 - November 3: In person voting available
  • October 23: Last Day to Request a Ballot in the Mail
  • October 27: Last Day to Mail Back Your Ballot
  • November 3: Election Day

Election Season is here and we know that there is a lot riding on it and a lot of anxieties related to it. Here are some things that can help:
Election Day: 
  • UU Ministers are gathering from around the country to offer a space for respite, positive energy, peace and spiritual practice on Election Day from 8am to 8pm Arizona time. You may join us at any time during that day to find a peaceful space for reflection, prayer, meditation and spiritual practice. Different UU ministers will be leading every 15 minutes (Rev. C is at 5:15-5:30)
Meeting ID: 995 5323 1971
Password: 954636

The Day After The Election (Wednesday, Nov 4th)
  • While we don’t expect all results to come in on election night and Rev Dance will be watching the election results closely. Rev. Christine will have an Open Zoom Room during the day to breathe and process. Feel free to stop by anytime on Wednesday, Nov 4th:
  • 10am-12pm   Open time
  • 12pm-1pm     Lunch with the Minister
  • 6pm-7pm     Open Time

Meeting ID: 978 2717 8271
Password: Breathe
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Send Us Your Pictures for
Dia de los Muertos! 

Our annual Dia de los Muertos service is in on November 1st. Please send us a picture of a loved one who has died and you’d like to celebrate this year. Send it to
by Monday, Oct 26th and include:
  • Your name
  • The Person’s Name
  • Their Relationship to You
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Children's Ministry
Announcements & Activities
We have some exciting activities coming up this month and next month and we hope that you are as excited as we are and will be interested in joining us!
October 19th:
5 pm with Ms. Katie
Meeting ID: 995 8557 1498
Passcode: 634365
Coming Soon:

October 23rd:
6:30 pm
Meeting ID: 945 5843 8805
Password: 818808

October 24th:
6:30 pm
Meeting ID: 941 4672 1797
Password: UUCPGames

October 26th:
6 pm
Meeting ID: 919 3613 9597
Password: Navigators

November 1st:
6 pm
Meeting ID: 919 3613 9597
Password: Navigators

Learn more about Navigators Scouting with UUCP Click HERE
Submission Deadline - OCTOBER 24TH, 2020
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We will be having a New Member Gathering on
Saturday, Nov 7th from 11-1:30pm
(with lots of breaks!)
In this group, there are people who have been part of the UUCP community for years and some who have just found us. There are some who have been to live services in the sanctuary and some who have only been with us online. Some of you are new to Phoenix, some have lived here for decades and several of you are not even in Phoenix but see a home here for you.

on Saturday, Nov 7th from 11-1:30.  This will mostly be a chance for you to get to know others in your new member class and hear about their spiritual journey and how they got to UUCP. We have seen in previous classes that these connections with others are a great way to start the connections in the community. We will have a chance to talk about any questions or observations from the videos and talk about the act of joining. 

On Sunday, Nov 22ndwe will have a New Member ritual during service. You don’t have to participate, but many people love the opportunity to be seen and our community LOVES welcoming new members!

Please feel free to reach out to Rev. Christine Dance (at with any questions or concerns. It would be helpful, but not crucial, to let Gary Ezzell (at know if you plan to attend, and please let him know of any scheduling concerns you may have.
We look forward to seeing you, hearing your stories and having you be a part of this Beloved Community!
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Share the Plate Announcement
Share the Plate ministry is one way we breathe life into our commitment to be agents of change in our community. We are looking for worthy organizations to be considered as a possible recipient of future donations. If you know of a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that meets our criteria, please submit their name to We’ll take it from there, sending out an application form. 

CRITERIA: Non-profit 501(c)(3) in the US with local programs that serve beneficiaries in the Valley. Mission, purposes and practices must be aligned with those of UUCP values. Donations must make a significant contribution to the organization’s programs. Recipients must have a budget that is mindful of balance between program and administrative costs. 
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Help Us with a Monthly Food & Supply Drive for our Navajo Nation Community
We are asking for help again, targeting a delivery date of Tuesday, October 20th. Thank you, Vince, for volunteering to take it all up. Please consider making a donation (to UUCP) or doing some shopping from the current list - Click HERE to View List. You are already on the team list, so you don't need to sign up again. Just on the spreadsheet if you are willing to shop for specific items. Please be in touch with Cathy Kim if you are willing to shop and be reimbursed from donations. 

We hear regularly how grateful the folks are for our assistance, feeling the love that comes with a can of Spam or a bottle of shampoo! I continue to be so appreciative of how their community works together to take care of each other and share the resources. It's great to feel that we can support that.

We are working on the possibility of helping with winter jackets and shoes/boots for students at Tsaile Public School. The need is definitely there, but the challenge is to for the school counselor to be in touch with students (not actually at the school now) to find out what is needed and sizes. Distances are great, cell phone service not reliable, so getting in touch with families is tricky. We'll wait and see how this might be possible.
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UUCP staff and volunteers have created a series of short videos describing various aspects of our congregational life. These are all on our YouTube Membership playlist, and you can watch them in any order.  

These were made to support membership recruitment while we have to be online and can be accessed via our website:
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Outdoor Group Announcement
The Outdoor Group may not be able to gather together safely to hike right now, but we can come together on Zoom. Friday, October 23 at 7:00 P.M. we will gather on Zoom to share our “outdoor adventures” of the summer. This will be an opportunity to see each other and share how we have managed to enjoy the outdoors in the time of a pandemic. Watch your Compass for a Zoom link as we get closer to the date. Everyone, stay active, stay healthy, and stay safe!

Meeting ID: 988 0334 9896 | Password: Outdoor
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Civic Engagement Announcements
Ballots are LONG and DAUNTING! Here are some links that will help with school boards and judges:
  • School Boards  - check here.
  • Judges - If you need help with yes/no decisions, check this list that includes performance review by attorneys who rate judges.
Also, track your ballot to make sure it’s been received and counted.

We are here to answer your questions. Email us at (copy and paste)
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Earth Justice Ministry Announcements
Earth Justice Ministry supports Chispa by sending comments to the ACC to protest the rate hike being requested by APS at a time when many, especially marginalized groups and people of color, are suffering more poverty due to Covid 19. You can comment whether you're an APS customer or not. The last 3 dates and times to call in are: Saturday, October 24, 2020: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, November 7, 2020: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and  Monday, November 30, 2020: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. More instructions on how to call, or to write an email or a letter instead are on the UUCP website and at this link:  Click here to learn about the Public Comment Period for APS Rate Hike.
'Eat Plants for the Planet', the online cookbook of vegan or at least vegetarian recipes we are compiling, needs your recipes now! We understand that there's a lot going on right now. But, if you've been planning to send us your favorite, thanks for doing it soon. Please email them to

Please VOTE with care of the earth in mind!  
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Update on
Camp de Benneville Pines:
After being surrounded on three sides, fire is holding the line on top of the mountain and no longer inches towards the camp’s buildings. While this is a relief for our beloved camp, the area is still under evacuation orders and the danger remains high. With the fires and cancelled camps due to COVID, recovery will take some time and money. If you are willing and able, please click HERE to donate
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Sunday Services are Currently Online
10:30 am

If You Build It,
Universalism Will Come

Led By:
Rev. Christine Dance
Worship Associate
Carrie Lifshitz
Celebrating the 250th Anniversary of John Murray preaching his first sermon in the US
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Missed a Worship Service?
Prior Worship Services are always available to view
10/11/2020 Worship Service
Led By: Rev. Christine Dance
Worship Associate Katie Quinn
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Receiving Suspicious Emails
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 scammers have been sending out fictitious emails claiming to be Rev. Christine. Please be aware of emails asking for assistance or requesting you to purchase something. Rev. Christine will NEVER ask for money or gift cards over email. If you receive an email like this, please delete it. 
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Learn more and sign up at
Election Defenders! Training Series
Tuesdays, September 6th-20th
4:30-6 pm
request a video recording and watch on your own!
With the stakes being as high as they are, voter suppression already more rampant than ever, and nationalist groups emboldened by conspiracy theorists and government officials themselves, we can’t depend on anyone else ensuring people are able to vote freely and safely.
Election Defenders will be working to provide safe supports for voting (such as PPE and water), and election and voter defense, de-escalating intimidation tactics and signaling to a network of groups and lawyers if and where trouble breaks out.
These trainings will cover different areas each week so we are asking everyone to attend all trainings, or email to request a video of training.
·    Poll Monitoring
·    Bystander Training
·    De-escalation
·    Direct Action 101
·    Combating Disinformation
Join UUJAZ to debrief the trainings, answer questions, practice what you learned, and make plans at Action Hour on October 13th at 6pm.
Save the date to UU The Vote
with Invest in Ed
Thursday, October 22nd
Want to connect with people over causes you're passionate about? Imagine a swell of 200 UUs coming together across the US, to raise their voices in Arizona to UU the Vote. We have an opportunity to make that happen. What will it take? A commitment from 20 UUs in your congregation to host a national phone bank. Be the first to sign up for this event by filling out this form:
Join UUJAZ and partners on October 22nd to make it happen!
Want to learn more about Invest in Education Arizona (INVESTinED)?
Be sure to stop by our Action Hours on October 20th where we will be prepping for our national phone bank together!
How can you help? By becoming an Election Defender
With the stakes being as high as they are, voter suppression already more rampant than ever, and nationalist groups emboldened by conspiracy theorists and government officials themselves, we can’t depend on anyone else ensuring people are able to vote freely and safely.
Election Defenders will be working to provide safe supports for voting (such as PPE and water), and election and voter defense, de-escalating intimidation tactics and signaling to a network of groups and lawyers if and where trouble breaks out.
These trainings will cover different areas each week so we are asking everyone to attend all trainings, or email to request a video of training.
· Poll Monitoring
· Bystander Training
· De-escalation
· Direct Action 101
· Combating Disinformation
Protecting the rights of people to vote in-person on November 3 means thousands of people signing up for different roles. Signing up today means you’ll have access to weekly training and a Slack channel, where our efforts can be coordinated around the nation. UU the Vote is part of a united front effort with hundreds of other mass-member organizations to ensure free and fair elections
Love & Justice: Abolition and Alternatives to Policing
Wednesday, November 4
UUs proclaim that no one is outside the circle of love, therefore, our goals are also abolitionist goals. Join UUJAZ every first Wednesday of the month in actively resisting the systems of policing and incarceration while building relationships and community with other passionate UUs in Arizona. 
Register for our next meeting, November 4here.
Save Civilian Oversight
Tuesday, October 13th
The Office of Accountability and Transparency (OAT) and Civilian Review Board (CRB) are in danger, and need your help! We must hold our elected officials accountable to their word to ensure that there will be real justice for victims of police violence. Please raise your voice by attending an Oct. 13 Policy Session and/or reach out to Mayor Gallego and your Councilmember to defend OAT/CRB. 
Book GroUUp
Friday, Oct 16th, 12 pm
Join Rev. Tina Squire the third Friday of each month at noon for a justice-centered book discussion from the perspective of our Unitarian Universalist values.
This Friday we'll be discussing As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock by Gina Gilio-Whitaker. 
Register for the meeting here.
Book GroUUp is free to all our monthly sustaining donors. If you wish to join but aren't a donor, you can contribute a suggested donation of $10 at If you aren't financially able to donate, join us anyway! 
Upcoming Additional UUJAZ Events:
No Matter What:
Racial Reckoning and Resilience
in a Post-Election World
Save the dates for November 7th & 14th
Multikulti presents two Sessions of learning, unlearning, feeling, and sharing about our differences; moving us toward creating change - in ourselves and the world around us.
In our present Time of Tumult this workshop offers a container and powerful methods for exploring, the many knotty issues of race, gender, class, religion, and more, that challenge our culture, our communities, and our relationships.
Join us in actively removing the unconscious debris from the soil of the soul.
The First Principle +
Immigration Justice:
Accompaniment & Dignity
Wednesday, October 28th, 6 pm
"We affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of all people." The first principle of Unitarian Universalism is a charge, not for charity, but to journey alongside asylum seekers as equals, community members, humans. How do we act for immigration justice in ways that are rooted in the restoration of dignity, the dignity our system tries to strip from migrant travelers?
Over the last nine years, Phoenix Restoration Project has created a network of folks accompanying asylum seekers, including UUs from UU Phoenix, Valley UU, Surprise, and West Valley. Hear stories, best practices, and ways to honor the dignity of our traveling friends, ask questions, and engage in discussion with Mountain Vista's Contigo team.
Register here for a zoom link.
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